Subutex (Buprenorphine) FAQ

How do I know if Subutex is right for me?

Subutex, a prescription medication approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), is utilized to treat opioid addiction. If you have become dependent on heroin, morphine, or prescription pain medications, Subutex can be a safe and effective treatment option to help you put your abuse to an end. When taken as prescribed within a medication assisted treatment program, Subutex can help reduce cravings and stop withdrawal symptoms.

To determine if Subutex is right for you, speak with a treatment provider who can evaluate your needs. This treatment provider can then help decided if Subutex is the best medication for you, as well as talk about treatment options.

Can I become addicted to Subutex?

Yes. Subutex contains buprenorphine, which can be addictive. It is said that the risk of becoming addicted to buprenorphine is low, however, when it is taken under the watchful eye of a medical professional within a medication assisted treatment program.

Will Subutex show up on a drug screening?

No. If you are taking Subutex, you will not test positive on a drug test. The tests that are commonly used for drug screening purposes can detect other opioids like heroin, but not buprenorphine, Specialized tests exist that can detect buprenorphine, but they are not commonly used.

How long will I need to be on Subutex?

The period of time that you remain on Subutex will depend on your needs, and it will be determined by you, your physician, and your counselor. Some people stay on Subutex for long periods of time, while others only take it for a short time.

Does Subutex interact with other drugs or medications?

Yes. When you mix Subutex with other substances, you can experience a variety of different side effects. Depending on the medication that you are mixing Subutex with, your side effects can range from mild to severe. Your physician can help provide you with more details regarding the potential interactions that you can incur based on the medications that you are taking. In addition, those who are taking Subutex should steer clear from using recreational drugs or drinking alcohol.

As with all prescription medications, you should always clear the medications you are taking with your physician before beginning any new medications. By doing this, your physician can help you prevent side effects from occurring.

What if I no longer wish to take Subutex? Can I stop or switch to a different medication?

If you decide to stop taking Subutex, you should work with your physician to safely wean yourself off of this medication as opposed to suddenly stopping your use. In many cases, individuals start their medication assisted treatment by taking Subutex and then switch to Suboxone for long-term care. However, decisions such as these will be determined by your physician and will be based on your treatment needs.

What is the cost of Subutex treatment?

At Valley Health Comprehensive Treatment Center, we provide treatment that is individualized to meet each patient’s unique needs. Part of this personalized care is creating a plan that is customized so that each patient gets what he or she needs from treatment. As a result, costs can vary, as they will depend on a variety of different factors. To talk more about your treatment needs, as well as the potential price you will be paying for medication assisted treatment, please contact one of our intake experts right now.

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